This weeks links (2020-01-13)


In brief:

* Government buried climate risk action plan (2020-Jan-11) [AFR]

❝ A federal government plan to prepare for the dire effects of climate change-related natural disasters was left to gather dust in the Department of Home Affairs for 1½ years before catastrophic bushfires hit last month.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework warned the changing climate was exposing the country to natural disasters on ‘‘unimagined scales, in unprecedented combinations and in unexpected locations’’. ❞

* ‘Uncharted territory’ as species likely go extinct in bushfires (2020-Jan-13) [The Age]

❝ Species have likely already gone extinct in Australia’s catastrophic bushfires and experts warn it may take a decade to find out which ones due to lack of staff and expertise.
The nation is in “uncharted territory” as it plots a recovery for native flora and fauna, which will need human intervention to rebuild populations in zoos and the wild. ❞

* Leaked report lays bare environmental devastation of Victorian fires (2020-Jan-10) [The Age]

❝ The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning prepared initial advice on the biodiversity costs of Victoria’s bushfires emergency for the state government on Tuesday.
It warned that 31 per cent of the state’s rainforests had already gone up in flames, as well as 24 per cent of wet or damp forests, and 34 per cent of lowland forests.
Of 104 parks managed by Parks Victoria, 34 were entirely burnt out including the Alfred National Park in Cann River and the Lind National Park between Cann River and Orbost.
Leading conservation biologist Professor David Lindenmayersaid it would take more than 100 years for wet and damp forests to recover from the ferocity of this season’s fires. ❞

❝ Professor Lindenmayer said the report showed the urgent need to halt both industrial and salvage logging in old-growth forests in Victoria if threatened species had any hope of surviving. ❞

* The impact of bushfires on Australian insects (2020-Jan-09) [CSIROscope]

❝ The impacts of bushfires on insects are less visible than the impacts on animals like koalas. Many of Australia’s insects are not well studied or don’t have scientific names. This means we cannot know the full extent of the bushfire impacts on insects. ❞

Some reading/listening:

* 📻 Old Time Radio – Nick Carter Master Detective – Single Episodes [archive.org]
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
Nick Carter first made an appearance in a pulp novel in 1886. His popularity lasted over 100 years until the last Nick Carter-Killmaster book was published in 1990. The master detective first ventured into radio on April 11, 1943 on the Mutual Broadcasting System as The Return of Nick Carter, a nod to his pulp fiction history. The title was changed to Nick Carter, Master Detective shortly thereafter. …

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